The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a historical fiction novel that is set in Nazi-occupied France. It follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle. Vianne doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France, until they do. She is forced to take an enemy in her house and she is constantly on watch. She is forced to make many terrible choices as danger increases around her.
Isabelle is a rebellious teen, and she is searching for a purpose. She races headlong into danger, and joins the Resistance. She doesn’t give any thought about the real or deadly consequences.
This book was a hard read. One that I, at first, wasn’t sure if I was going to pick up because of the subject matter. But I have always been interested in World War II and the Holocaust. It’s such a heartbreaking time in our history, and I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have gone through any of what these people went through.
In terms of this book, I listened to it on audiobook, and I’m so glad that I did. That’s because it made the reading experience so much more immersive. I could get lost in the story of these two sisters. I became invested in their lives and what they had gone through during this time. I felt for their losses and their traumas that they experienced.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, especially books about the Holocaust and World War II. This isn’t a genre that I normally pick up, and I’m so glad that I finally got around to this one. It made me want to read more historical fiction, though not right away because I need a break from the dark subject matter.